Appraisal challenges

Slowdown changes appraisal process

It is getting tougher to appraise the value of a home in SW Florida. With slowing sales and some price declines, appraisers are having a tough time arriving at fair valuations.

Historically the best comparison properties for an appraisal have been similar properties in close proximity that have sold in the last 90 days. Market-wide price declines throw a monkey wrench into the formula as they make the prior solds a less reliable gauge for value.

The on-line valuation site Zillow isn't helping much either as it is using county data that appears to me to be a bit stale. In this market, older data can set improper valuation expectations for homeowners.

As market cools, appraisals hard to gauge [News-Press]

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